Joey Barton banned for three games as red card appeal is rejected

QPR captain Joey Barton will miss three games after the FA rejected the appeal over his sending off against Norwich City

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Joey Barton’s appeal against the red card he received during Queens Park Rangers’ 2-1 defeat by Norwich City has been rejected by the Football Association.

The QPR captain, who was given his marching orders following an off-the-ball incident with Bradley Johnson, will now serve an immediate three-game ban for his first-half dismissal at Loftus Road on Monday.

“Devastated to miss return to SJP [St James’ Park] and FA cup tie but life goes on. Feel sympathy for those who have never played yet set the rules,” Barton wrote on Twitter after receiving the news.

Barton had publicly criticised the decision to send him off via his Twitter account, insisting the referee had been “conned” into showing him a red card.

“I wonder how long it is before a football club sues a referee for making a bad decision?” he wrote. “There’s too much at stake to not have technology.

“Those three points yesterday could be [the] difference between Premier League survival and not. That equates to a lot of money.

“Why don’t we stop listening to Fifa bureaucrats and move our game forward? Referees would embrace all the technology available in my opinion. Rugby L/U is the best model.”

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